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Category: Summer Programs

Posted Nov. 17, 2014, 2 p.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
summer middle school students

There are many reasons why your middle school child might benefit from participating in a summer program. Perhaps they are struggling with school work, or conversely, excelling in a certain subject. They may be talented on the sports field, or alternatively, require some help and motivation to lose weight. Whatever your child’s specific requirements, summer programs offer a whole host of benefits, some life-long. The Benefits of Summer Programs for Middle-Schoolers Summer Programs Broaden Your Child’s Horizons. One thing that summer programs have resounding success at, is broadening children’s horizons. Whether it is at a residential stay for several weeks, ...

Posted Aug. 21, 2014, 10 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
Helping Teens Deal with Summer Romance

The infamous song “Summer Nights” from the 1978 movie Grease sums up the allure of a summer romance—especially for teens. In the movie, Danny meets Sandy at the beach and they spend the whole summer together hanging out and falling in love. But it turns out their summer personas are very different than who they are during the rest of the year. When sweet Sandy starts attending cool Danny’s high school, the romance seems doomed. But by the end of the school year, Danny and Sandy have found their way back to each other. While in ‘reel’ life, true love ...

Posted July 30, 2014, 10 a.m. by Scott Fallon | View Comments
What to Do the Summer Before Senior Year

The summer going into your senior year is a very important summer. It allows teens to build up their resumewith different activities while also having some fun with friends. Internships Not only do internships look great on a college resume, but they also show teens how “real world” jobs actually work. As an intern myself, it has given me an idea of what I want to do for a job when I get out of college. It has really helped me figure out what I like and what I would want to pursue in college and as an adult. Volunteering ...

Posted July 29, 2014, 10 a.m. by Jenny Mazzella | View Comments
10 Tips From a First-Time Teen Traveler

In a prior post, I outlined 10 tips for parents of teens going on their first trip abroad. In part II, my recently returned daughter offers 10 tips of her own based on her travel experience. 1. Jet lag can be hard on your mind and body Our trip began with a 1:45 am wakeup, a two-hour bus ride to the airport, a five our plane ride, a two-hour time change and another one-hour bus ride to our accommodations. Even though I was really excited, I was sick to my stomach and very out of sorts when we finally arrived. ...

Posted July 28, 2014, 10 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
10 Tips for Parents with Teens Traveling Abroad

Although my daughter has spent summers away from us before, this is the first summer that she is travelling to a foreign country without us. Even though I am excited for her to hopefully have an amazing adventure, I was also a little nervous to have her so far away. Based on our experience, here are 10 tips for parents when sending their child on a travel abroad program. 1. Make sure paperwork is in order in advance If you are thinking about sending your teen on a trip abroad and they do not have a passport, get one immediately. ...

Posted July 25, 2014, 10 a.m. by Sara Zhou | View Comments
teaching in china

Last summer, I spent nearly two months teaching English in a rural area of China, fifty kilometers away from my hometown. My volunteer abroad story is what a past version of me would call “failure," and what I now call a learning experience. Sometimes, you can’t get things right on the first try. For me, this lesson started much earlier. It starts with my first memory of this country, and the star-spangled U.S of A. Coming to America In my earliest memory of America, I am a dog, kneeled next to the heroine of my first school play. After arriving ...

Posted June 29, 2014, 11 a.m. by Nate Giess | View Comments
My Pre-College Summer Program

The summer of my junior year I chose to apply to a summer business course offered by a prominent university. I decided to try the course in hopes of discovering more about my own interest in business as a potential college major and future career. Up until that summer, I had taken one Entrepreneurship class at my high school, which I enjoyed immensely, but I was unsure whether I really liked the subject material. And so with that in mind, I decided to complete the short application and see what would happen. The pre-college coursework reflected what I'd learn in ...

Posted June 28, 2014, 11 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Planning a Productive Summer for Teens with Asperger’s Syndrome

Every teen needs a break during the summer from the routine and the stress of middle or high school. But for teens with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), the need is even more intense. During the school year, a child with AS must attend to two curricula: the academic and the social. It’s exhausting and mastering the social curricula requires continual effort. By the time school ends and summer starts, teens with AS often feel depleted. Schedule Structured and Unstructured Time According to Brenda Dater, Director of Child and Teen Services at Asperger’s Association of New England (AANE), determining the best mix ...

Posted June 20, 2014, 9:47 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
Why Choose a Single-Gender Overnight Camp?

My younger daughter has attended an all girls’ overnight camp for the past five years. When we were first looking at overnight camps for her, we weren’t specifically interested in a single-gender camp experience. We chose the camp because she liked it—it has only been over the past several years that she has come to appreciate the benefits of spending a few weeks each summer with just girls. Extra Comfort at Single-Gender Camp Camp is a time to relax and unwind—an opportunity for kids to step out of their box, be adventurous, and a little goofy. While all sleepaway camps ...

Posted June 18, 2014, 10 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
How to Prepare for College During High School Summers

There has been much said about high school summer activities and how to spend the summer: volunteering, reading, working, and more. But for the college-bound teen, summer gives each grade level an opportunity to concentrate on specific tasks before the school year begins. Soon-to-be Freshmen It’s the year of new beginnings. Wide-eyed freshmen enter high school campuses overwhelmed and excited. High school is the beginning of the college pursuit. It means added responsibility and academic challenges. And it also requires organization and preparation. Following are four tasks for soon-to-be freshmen: 1. Plan The summer before freshman year is the best ...

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